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Ideas are everywhere. Successful entrepreneurs know that not every idea is a good business opportunity. Before you bet the ranch on your idea, take the time to research who will buy your product or service and what competition you will face.

3-startup-ideasLibraries and other business development resources can help you find the data you need to answer key questions about markets, your industry and competition.

SCORE counselors offer free, confidential mentoring to those starting business. Sign up for an appointment online. Be as specific as possible about your business and what you want to discuss.

 

The following Resource Partners provide research and market analysis information:

 

Grandview Chamber & Economic Development Council

The Grandview Chamber exists to serve, protect and promote area business.

Small Business Development Center at JCCC

The Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) at Johnson County Community College provides business assistance to aspiring and existing small business owners in Johnson, Miami and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas through low cost training events and no-charge one-on-one business counseling.

Small Business and Technology Development Center - University of Missouri-Kansas City

The UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Centers offer one-on-one counseling and training to business owners and emerging business owners.

Small Business and Technology Development Center - Northwest Missouri State University, St. Joseph

Small Business and Technology Development Centers offer one-on-one counseling and training to business owners and emerging business owners.

Small Business and Technology Development Center - University of Central Missouri

The Small Business and Technology Development Center at UCM provides one-on-one counseling and training to business owners.

Hispanic Economic Development Corporation

The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is dedicated to improving the lives of Latinos within the greater Kansas City. HEDC achieves this through business development and economic and community wealth creation initiatives.

Johnson County Library

The Johnson County Central Resource Library provides resources, tours, and programs for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Kansas City Kansas Public Library

The main branch of the Kansas City Kansas Public Library has business references with information for small business or those contemplating starting a small business.

H&R Block Business & Career Center at the KCMO Public Library

The H&R Block Business and Career Center at the Kansas City Public Library provides resource material and online databases used by entrepreneurs and business owners.

Independence Economic Development Council

The Independence Council for Economic Development (ICED) acts as a liaison between businesses and government and provides economic research on the Independence area.

Miami County Economic Development Department

The Miami County (Kan.) Economic Development Department assists businesses in their development and expansion while promoting the region's economic growth.

Mid-Continent Public Library

The Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) consists of 35 locations serving Clay, Jackson, and Platte Counties in Western Missouri. MCPL provides business reference materials and many MCPL branches have free library programs and events that for people who own small businesses or those contemplating starting a small business. Find a local branch by going to mymcpl.org.

Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development

The Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development is a Professional Development Institute creating a high quality workforce for the care and education of children and youth from birth to 21 years of age.

Information Experience Lab

The Information Experience Lab is a usability laboratory that conducts research and evaluates the usability of technology and websites. Since the IE Lab is used as a teaching and research facility, our pricing is very competitive, and our services are research based.

Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC)

Provides grant funding and technical assistance to American manufacturers and select service firms to strengthen competitive abilities focusing on increased profits, jobs creation and long-term financial stability.

Leavenworth County Development Corporation

LCDC provides resources and solutions to small businesses and entrepreneurs at no cost, in addition to attracting new business and retaining existing businesses to grow the community.

Kauffman Founders School

Online education program that enables entrepreneurs to learn anywhere, anytime. Leading experts present rich content that founders can immediately apply to their businesses.

Kauffman Foundation/Khan Academy Entrepreneurship Series

An online interview series featuring accomplished entrepreneurs sharing their personal lessons and insights.

KCSourceLink Resource Partners offer a range of startup classes.




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